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July Fourth Events: Northville, Michigan 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

July Fourth Events: Northville, Michigan 2016

The Fourth of July is great time to spend with family and celebrate our country. If you are from the Northville area and have never had the chance, you are in for a treat. Bring your friends and family, camp out along the parade trail, and enjoy celebrating our country while experiencing the vibrant community of Northville, Michigan.  

Northville Independence Day Parade

  • Monday, July 4th
  • Downtown Northville
  • 10:00 am

The annual 4th of July Parade will take place at 10:00 am in Downtown Northville. It will be presented by the Northville Community Foundation and sponsored by St. Mary Mercy Hospital. This year’s theme is: CHEERS FOR TEAM USA! Celebrating the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Make sure to bring the whole family. The parade will be filled with fun attractions like: movie cars, vintage and classic cars, characters, bands, floats, a bike parade, and even a pet parade. If you want to sign up to be part of the parade, please see the registration form.

The parade will start at the corner of E Main Street and Griswold Street and head west to Roger’s Street. The parade will turn south to Cady Street and then head east. It will then move to S. Wing Street and head south. Finally, it will turn east on Fairbrook and end at S. Central. For a map of the parade route, please see Northville’s Independence Day Parade route.

Children’s Bike Parade

Sitting on the sidelines and watching the parade is great, but if you want to participate, you can and it’s easy. One way is by entering your children in the Children’s Bike Parade. This gives kids the opportunity to decorate their own bike in their best Fourth of July decor, and join the parade festivities.

The best part is that there is no pre-registration required. Show up on the NW parking lot at 7 Mile Road and Sheldon (Center Street) at 9:15 on July 4th and your children will be ready to roll. A judge’s panel will be ready to select the best decorated boy’s and girl’s bike. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Pet Parade

The Pet Parade is another easy and fun way to get involved in the Northville Independence Day Parade. All pets are welcome for this part of the parade. Yes, that includes pet fish, lizards, turtles, snakes, etc. No pre-registration is required for this either. If you are interested in participating in the Pet Parade, pick up a parking pass at Meadowbrook or Breckenridge Veterinary to participate.

You can check out what the fun looked like last year by viewing the photos from Northville’s 2015 Parade Photos.

Mill Race Village Independence Activities

  • 11 am - 2:30 pm
  • 215 Griswold, Northville, MI

Hang around after the Northville Independence Day Parade and head to Mill Race Village as the Fourth of July fun continues. There will be a taste of 1910 merriment at Northville’s historic Mill Race Village. Pack a picnic lunch, bring your family, and enjoy the Mill Race Village grounds. For more information, contact Northville Community Foundation at 248-374-0200.

Take Away

If you are looking for a way to celebrate the 4th of July, Northville, Michigan is a great choice to spend the day. From the annual Independence Day Parade to the Mill Race Village, there is something for each member of your family to enjoy.

From all of us at Jamey Kramer Group, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Campgrounds Close to Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Campground close to Novi, MI

Summertime is the perfect time to gather the family, your favorite tent, and head out to some of Michigan’s best places for camping. There is something special about being outdoors, roasting marshmallows, and making s’mores.

Some of my favorite memories are of being around a campfire with my favorite people, laughing, singing, and sharing with those I love. The best part of all is that almost every single camping experience I have ever had has been at one of Michigan’s own campgrounds.

If you are looking to take your family on a camping trip, you may be surprised that you don’t have to drive too far to experience some of Michigan’s most beautiful camping sites. Here are 5 favorite Michigan campsites within 1 hour of Novi, Michigan.

5 Favorite Michigan Campsites Within 1 Hour of Novi

  1. Camp Dearborn

1700 General Motors Rd
Milford, MI 48380
Phone: 248-684-6000

If you are looking to stay super close to home, then Camp Dearborn is the place to go. This campground is located in heart of Milford, Michigan, just 10 miles from Novi. You can take your pick from over 190 different camping sites for only $35.00 a night.

When camping at Camp Dearborn, you are getting the best of both worlds – being out in the wilderness, while also being right next to downtown Milford which hosts tons of great restaurants. While at the campground, you can experience several lakes, Mystic Creek Golf Course, and playgrounds.

  1. Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

7800 Gale Road
Waterford MI, 48327
Phone: 248-666-1020

Another great place to camp if you are looking to stay super close to home is Pontiac Lake Recreation Area located approximately 16 miles north of Novi in Waterford, Michigan. This campground has 176 sites at just $19 a night. The amount of actives to do here are endless. Enjoy: fishing, horseback riding, hanging at the beach, boating, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, radio controlled flying, and even metal detecting. If you have an active family, then this is your place.

  1. Auburn Hills/ Holly KOA Campground

7072 E. Grange Hall Rd
Holly, MI 48442
Phone: 248-634-0803

Maybe you love the idea of getting away with your family, but rustic camping does not appeal to you. If this is the case, heading over to Auburn Hills/Holly’s KOA is a great option. They have sites for RV camping, tent, and even have cabin accommodations.

This place is not your typical campground with a pancake breakfast buffet on weekends where kids eat free. They have an outdoor movie theatre, pool, mini golf, biking, express train rides, outdoor bowling, zip lines, a high ropes course, and a jumping pillow to name a few. This is a place your entire family will be begging to go back each year.

  1. Taylor’s Beach Campground

6197 N. Burkhart Road
Howell, MI 48855
Phone: 517-546-2679

Located in Howell, Michigan, Taylor’s Beach Campground has much to offer the whole family that is not too far from Novi. There is an arcade room, indoor and outdoor movies, horseback riding, golf carts, paddle boards, fishing, and a beautiful lake to swim in.

  1. Proud Lake Recreation Area

3500 N. Wixom Road
Commerce Twp. MI, 48382
Phone: 248-685-2433

With 4,700 acres, Proud Lake Recreation Area is located along the Huron River in Oakland County. It offers a variety of activities including over 20 miles of trails, swimming, boat rentals (canoes, row boats, paddle boats and kayaks), fishing, cabin rentals, and more.

Take Away

These are just a few of the campgrounds that Michigan has to offer. Camping near Novi, Michigan is sure to be an amazing experience for your entire family. If you are thinking of moving to the Novi, South Lyon, or Northville, we would love to answer any questions you have about the area. Please give us a call today.


Strategies for Selling Your House When You Have Children

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Strategies for Selling Your House When You Have Children

Selling a house for anyone can be a stressful endeavor. It can be an intense process when you consider the time it takes to prepare a house to put on the market, keep the home clean, and ready for showings. Add children to the mix and it can feel like you might have made the craziest decision of your life.

However, having children doesn’t have to be a hindrance to selling your house. In fact, it can be an asset. When a potential buyer with a family sees how another family lives and functions in a space, it can be helpful. It will also cause you to be more disciplined as you prepare your home.

While it does require more preparation, it doesn’t have to keep you from taking a step that your family is ready to make.

5 Tips from Parents Who Sold Their Houses with Children

Here are 5 tips from parents that helped them sell their home with children.

  1. Declutter

One of the most helpful parts of preparing your home for the market is the process of decluttering. This forces homeowners to go into those long lost closets and sift through what they really need. Melissa, a mother of two toddler boys, stated that when they moved,

“We had 30 showings in 21 days. It was insane. The effort we put into decluttering and simplifying our home made the difference for us. The less we had out, the easier it was to clean and keep clean for showings. We spent most of our time and effort into organizing and going through each inch of our home before we even put the house on the market. We had all toys, clothes, and anything that was not essential in bins, labeled, and stored in our garage.”

While it can take a long time and effort, decluttering, organizing and simplifying will not just help the showing process, but the moving process too.

  1. Be Flexible

Being flexible with children can be hard with nap times, bed times, meals, etc. This can make the process of showing the home extremely difficult.

When Lindsey and Peter decided to move with their 3 children, they had a list of fun activities to take the children to when it was time for showings. This made leaving the home a fun adventure. They had extra diapers, clothes, and snacks stored in a bin that they kept in the trunk of their van. This way they knew they had most of what they needed if a showing came on the schedule.

  1. Timing

Matthew, a father of two children, said that the best advice he could give is to “move in warmer seasons.” He felt that this helped him be able to keep the family outside as much as possible – go to parks, eat outside, etc. This helped to keep the house clean and ready for showings.

  1. Meal Planning

When you have children, meals are an essential part that can’t be skipped. Eating out can be helpful in a pinch, but it isn’t always the best for your budget or giving your family the healthy foods you desire for them.

One way that Registered Dietitian and mother of four, Dana, made sure her family had healthy meals was by making meals ahead of time and freezing them. This way she knew that her family was eating healthy meals, and it didn’t leave the kitchen mess when it was time to show the house. Premade muffins, waffles, and egg wraps were her stables for an easy, fast, grab and go meal. For Dana’s favorite site for freezer meals check out: Once a Month Meals.

  1. Ask for Help

Selling and moving is stressful and should not be expected to be done alone. Ask for help when you need it. This may mean hiring a sitter, or asking a friend to watch your kids for a few hours. This process should not be done alone.


Preparing and showing a house is not an easy process and can feel extra hard with children. However, when you do have kids it can help you to be more disciplined and help the entire process of getting your home sold. Decluttering, being flexible, timing, meal planning, and asking for help are all great tips for selling your home with children.

Live Concerts at McHattie Park, South Lyon, MI – Summer 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Do you love summer and live music? Then, the live concerts at McHattie Park Historic Village in South Lyon, Michigan are the perfect place to be.

All summer long, McHattie Park hosts different bands at the gazebo. Concerts in the Park is a great community event that brings friends and family members together every Friday night. Pack up some lawn chairs and head out starting next Friday.

  • Location: Gazebo in McHattie Park at 300 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, MI
  • Days and Time: Every Friday (Except the 4th of July) from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The 2016 Schedule for Concerts in the Park at McHattie Park:

  • Friday, June 10 - GEMINI

Gemini is an acoustic band that writes and plays music for children and families. They are a fun band with a great ability to bring out the humor of family life. Enjoy sing-alongs, folk tales, and music from all over the globe.

  • Friday, June 17 – SURF ZUP

If you love music from the 60’s, then this is your band. Surf Zup is on a mission to bring back all your favorite guitar hits from this era. Their sound has a mixture of guitars, drums, catchy beats, and melodies that makes for a powerful sound. They say their music is referred to as “Sur Music.” They choose to play music in their original form without vocals.

  • Friday, June 24 – WAYNE WOODS BOYS

Wayne Woods Boys is a traditional bluegrass and country music band that is sure to play some of your classic favorites.

  • Friday, July 8 – JUDY BANKER BAND

This singer/songwriter mixes her style with a blend of folk, jazz, and blues that comes out with a country flare. Her songs are original and are “heartbreakingly honest.”

  • Friday, July 15 – BILL BYNUM & CO.

The Bill Bynum and CO. is a band that blends the guitar, electric guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, and powerful vocals. With a country/bluegrass feel, they have a mixture of both traditional and original songs.

Are you looking to dance a little and have a great time? Then coming to watch the Creole Du Nord perform live will definitely offer that. According to the leader, Mark Palms, it is his mission to, “find Cajun and Zydeco Tunes, Waltzes and old time fiddle tunes that life the spirit.”

This band is a South Lyon classic as they have come back year after year with music from the 50’s, 60’s that the whole family will enjoy. These are talented men as they are able to play several different instruments and might leave you shocked that the two alone can make the music they do.

  • Friday, August 5 - NESSA

This Celtic fusion band is sure to impress. The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Kelly McDermott, will be sure to amaze you with her incredible flute technique and her “soulful” voice. Rob Crozier joins her as the other co-founder and also a great multi-instrumentalist. The two blend aspects of classical, folk, jazz, and funk to create beautiful, rich music.

Come Out and Enjoy

The fun community event, Concerts in the Park, is great for the whole family, and all will be sure be a great time. Come check out these great bands and what makes South Lyon such a great place to live. For more information about the concerts, please see the official South Lyon, Michigan website. 

If you are looking at moving to South Lyon, Michigan and want to find you more information about the town, we would love to answer any questions you may have. Please give us a call today.



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